I was super excited for our stay in Al Bait Sharjah, I had already been there for lunch and I knew exactly what to expect……pure magic! Now it was time to share this memorable experience with Ogi, and this time around we would actually call it our home for a couple of days.
Al Bait is located alongside a waterfront canal in the heart of old Sharjah, a historical restoration project of 10 manor houses. I absolutely love the idea of staying in a hotel with so much history. There is even a museum inside Al Bait sharing the history of the premises and the families who once owned each house.
At home is exactly how they made us feel from the moment we arrived until it was time to say goodbye, it is no wonder that the name Al Bait means “The Home,” I will share plenty of magical experiences to prove this to be true.
Arriving to Al Bait, we walked through an alleyway leading us to a beautiful courtyard and in one of the old houses on the right we found ourselves at the reception. We were greeted by name and quickly had a refreshing lavender drink followed by magical chocolates (they explode in your mouth, literally)!
As we walked to our room with one of their staff, we had a chance to discover a bit of the premises and useful information about the facilities and surrounding area. There is a spa, two restaurants and a cafe, as well as a library and ice cream shop (where each guest can have a free tasting.)
I loved the traditional design of our room, so romantic. The ceiling is woven and the furniture is made of hand-carved wood. My favorite part of our room has to be the massive bathroom with a gorgeous brass looking tub in the middle, totally wishing I had this in our home! We also had a patio with views of the canal.
A stay in Al Bait consists of many sweet surprises, two of them are located inside each room. A magic button on your telephone called “sweet of the day” brings a different sweet every day to your door step! How cute is this?
Also the healthy mini bar is part of our stay, with so many great selections of juices and home made granola bars.
Below our room we found the pool where we spend a lot of our time, there is also the hammam and spa.
We chose to have dinner at The Arabic Restaurant, where we ate the best falafel ever. We ended our evening with another visit to the ice cream shop for the saffron camel milk ice cream (it is so good!)
The most magical surprise of our stay was the turned down service, something Ogi and I will never forget. We came back to our room to a bath filled with rose petals and an old vinyl player, how romantic!
We left Al Bait wishing for more, truly an unforgettable hotel and experience. We loved everything from the traditional architecture to the amazing food, but really what stole our hearts were the friendly staff who made us feel at home. It is visible on everyone who we came in contact with how much love they have for what they do and their passion to deliver the best service to each and every guest. A special thank you to Adrian, one of the guest service agents for sparking the curiosity to discover just how special Al Bait hospitality is.
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